PATERSON, N.J. – Ukrainian American Veterans Post 17 located in Clifton/Passaic, N.J., held its annual memorial service on June 5 at Cedar Lawn Cemetery in Paterson, N.J.
Post members gathered at the post monument for a panakhyda officiated by the Rev. Oleksij Holchuk of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
Among those attending were UAV Vice-Commander William Szozda, who participated in the ceremony with his wife, Julia, and New Jersey State Commander Michael Hrycak.
After the panakhyda, Post 17 Commander Jim Fedorko conducted the UAV opening ceremony by reading a prayer. Post Adjutant Zenko Halkowycz read the names of the post’s war dead and departed members. (Sadly, this is a list that is growing.) Taps were played by a young member of the Ukrainian American Youth Association, Nazar Fedorko, and a wreath was placed at the foot of the monument by Post Vice-Commander Andriy Hadzewycz.
Upon completion of the ceremony, Post Commander Fedorko invited all present to the Spanish Tavern in Clifton for a meeting and a luncheon.